The sand in the hourglass has just about run out for Chip Kelly and his time in Philadelphia.
The man who was supposed to come to Pennsylvania and turn the NFL on its ear with a spread offense that would work in both the college game and on the professional level is all but a joke right now. The players, many of them hand-picked by Kelly since he has toyed and tinkered with the roster over and over again, might be ready for a change.
And management – it might not be ready for that change, rather it is ready for something new to happen to a team that was supposed to be a Super Bowl contender.
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It does not help there has been a teeter-totter effect at quarterback and your new free agent running back has been ineffective thus season.
But the buck stops at the feet of Kelly, who left the coziness of college at Oregon to come try his hand at the pro game – much like Steve Spurrier did with the Washington Redskins, only to return to what made him happy. If this struggle is making Kelly happy, then he must enjoy though spots and even tougher fans.
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There is still a job open in the SEC and other openings that might be appealing. There might be another NFL job in his future down the line, but what is best for the Eagles, Kelly, the fans and the media is for him to step away from the organization after this season, and see if he can get back to his roots of the Saturday atmosphere.
That’s what Kelly is – a man built for the college game. Anything else is uncivilized.
At 4-7 this season, the NFC East is still winnable and a playoff berth still attainable. It might not matter even if Philadelphia reaches the postseason. This act is getting old – and was magnified by a 45-17 loss on Thanksgiving Day to the Detroit Lions. Things have to change. Momentum has to swing and balance must be reached.
It won’t happen this year.
So let the conversation begin. “Who Will Be the Next Head Coach of the Eagles?”
This isn’t a Dick Vermeil situation where a college coach comes to the big city and changes a culture of a franchise. Winning is everything in Philadelphia with some of the most hardened fans. Winning means keeping your job. Winning keeps you out of the papers and off rumor mill rap sheets.
Kelly is on a sinking ship – which he must take the rap for most of its lack of buoyancy. It’s time to move on for the sake of moving on.
This marriage is over. The Eagles are what their record says they are. Kelly has a lot to do with that. And until that ledger is clear, they still will be a poor team with a coach who may not be able to right the ship.